6 Facts You Should Know About Metal Roofs

Are you considering replacing your old asphalt roof with a new one? If so, first consider getting a metal roof for their many benefits. If you don't know much about metal roofs already, check out these six facts you need to know before you get your next roof.

A Tear-Off May Not Be Necessary

Typically, when you get a new roof, the old one, such as the old asphalt tiles, must be removed for the new roof. In some cases, however, with asphalt shingles, you can do an overlay, which simply puts new shingles on the old ones. Similarly, this may be a possibility if you switch to a metal roof. As long as there is no severe damage and not too many layers of shingles, the roofers may be able to install the metal roof on top of the asphalt.

The Metal Is Surprisingly Quiet

If you imagine being in a house with a metal roof, you may worry that rain, wind, hail, etc. hitting the roof might be loud. In some cases, this can be true. However, skilled roofers know to install noise-absorbing materials under the metal. That way, when the rain hits your roof, much of the sound is absorbed before entering your home, keeping everything quiet.

They Are Affordable

Asphalt roofs are incredibly popular, and part of the reason is they are so cheap. However, a metal roof doesn't cost that much more. While it isn't as cheap as asphalt, it is not one of the more expensive options. Metal roofs cost about $100 to $260 per roofing square. Asphalt shingles, however, only cost about $50 per roofing square. Slate, at the other end of the spectrum can cost you $300 to $600 per roofing square, and you may need to pay additional costs for extra support, which isn't required with a metal roof because they are light.

They Last Longer Than Asphalt

True, a metal roof may cost you about twice as much as an asphalt shingle roof, but you get what you pay for. Asphalt roofs last about 15 to 20 years, but metal roofs last 20 to 40 years. Therefore, even though you pay more initially for the roof, you won't have to replace it as often. An asphalt roof is cheaper in the short term, but will need more frequent replacement.

You Can Choose From Many Options

Another reason homeowner's love asphalt shingles is because there are lots of options, particularly with color. However, metal roofs aren't all the same either. For starters, metal roofs come in many different colors, so you can choose one to match your home. Also, you can choose special interlocking metal shingles, which can be made to look like other roofing materials, including expensive slate but at a fraction of the cost and weight.

It's an Environmentally Conscious Options

When you're asphalt single roof is removed and replaced, some of the materials may be able to be recycled, but a lot of it will end up in the landfill. The metal used to make your brand new metal roof, however, is a more green option because much of it is made from recycled metal. Using recycled metal also means there is less energy used during processing. Lastly, when your metal roof is replaced, it is recycled and used to make new metal roofs.

If your roof is starting to leak or simply is just getting old, it's time for you to consider getting a new one. Instead of settling with another asphalt roof, however, consider a metal one. They are more expensive but last longer. For more information about metal roofs or roofs in general, contact a roofing contractor in your area today.